To really understand Asheville’s place as Beer City USA, you need to know the players. Here are fast looks at the 10 craft breweries in the city and county.
Highland Brewing Co
12 Old Charlotte Highway
Beer produced: 22,500 barrels this year.
Employees: 21 full-time, seven part-time employees.
The story: Retired engineer Oscar Wong opened Highland Brewing in 1995 in the basement of the Barley’s Taproom building. In 2006, it moved production to the former Blue Ridge Motion Pictures Studio in East Asheville. Brewer John Lyda has been part of Highland since the start.
Quote: “Clearly, the local population is eclectic and adventuresome, which leads Asheville into the beer town that the rest of the nation now knows.” — Oscar Wong. ...
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